I hate them too. Yesterday in the store the girls were skating along in front of their parents who think its perfectly fine. They make me nervous not just about gettiing clobbered by someone wearing them, but also because the kids could get really hurt especially since they're not wearing helmets. Kids on our street go barrelling down the hill with them and I'm just waiting to hear the ambulance. Fortunately, my kids don't want them. Yeah!